During my last two weeks of my summer in NYC, I decided to spend a lot of my free time in August exploring new areas including Brooklyn (mainly Williamsburg, Historic Brooklyn Heights, and Greenpoint), Battery Park/FiDi (Financial District), and the Seaport District. All three territories have been "revitalized" in recent years and have various neighborhood gems.
Historic Brooklyn Heights
Situated near the Brooklyn Bridge Park, the charming Brooklyn Heights neighborhood is home to many historic brownstones and national landmarks. What once was a military zone in the Revolutionary War became a haven for artists and writers outside of Greenwich Village in the 40s. Much of the area's architecture has been preserved its historic charm to become an expensive hotbed for families and Manhattan commuters. I loved walking down its quiet, residential streets with rows of brownstones; it reminded me of my favorite Beacon Hill neighborhood in Boston.
Known as a haven for hipsters, Williamsburg naturally has an abundance of kitschy art galleries, one of a kind boutiques, and trendy cafes and restaurants. I particularly loved turning a corner and seeing random pops of wall art sprinkled in.
Tucked in Brooklyn's northwest corner, Greenpoint is becoming one of Brooklyn's emerging neighborhoods for Millennial yuppies. Popularized by HBO's Girls, Greenpoint has a variety of unique boutiques, design stores, and cafes tucked in among the most unsuspecting suburban streets. My favorite is Bakeri, pictured above.
Originally a Dutch settlement with a "battery" of cannons, Battery Park is a 25-acre public park at the southernmost tip of Manhattan. In the summer they have a charming seagulls children's carousel a nearby upscale indoor mall and Native American Museum, and beautiful running paths overlooking the Hudson River with sailboats passing by in the summer.
Nation Museum of the American Indian
South Street Seaport District
Recently, the South Street Seaport District has undergone a cultural revitalization with a design market, indoor Smorgasburg dining, and ongoing construction of new shops and restaurants. The area has some of the oldest architecture in downtown Manhattan including the South Street Seaport Museum and Bowne & Co Stationers, which have roots that date back to the early 18th century. The area is reminiscent of Boston's own Seaport District (parts of it bring to mind Faneuil Hall) and is on the way to becoming a new Manhattan hotspot.